UEFA Champions League Final 2013 – Confirmation that London is one of the World’s greatest sporting cities
UEFA Champions League Final 2013 come to Wembley Stadium (again!)
Under the disbelieving eyes of the sporting ambassadors, Prince William and David Beckham, the English bid to host the World Cup competition in 2018 failed miserably, casting bleak talk of backhanders and corrupt goings on amongst Fifa. Although despite the humiliating defeat, all it seems is not lost for England hosting major international football competitions.
It actually seems that UEFA has a fondness for London’s Wembley Stadium as a Champions League venue. As recently as 2011, the final was held at Wembley and this year will be the seventh time that the competition is to be held in England’s capital city.
London in the aftermath of the superb Olympic Games is forging ahead as one of the world’s greatest sporting cities. It is clear that UEFA understand and recognise London’s skilful policing of football matches and tough zero tolerance on both racism and hooliganism and has rewarded with the UEFA Champions League Final 2013.
The European Cup first came to London in 1963, but it was the second showing of this prominent international football competition in 1968 that truly put English football on the world stage.
Since the most prestigious event in European football was first held at Wembley Stadium, London’s best-loved sporting venue has hosted a total of six European finals. In May 2011, a record-breaking audience of more than 300 million flocked to Wembley to see Manchester United take on Barcelona.
Following on from the success of this final, UEFA decided to hold this year’s Champion’s League final at Wembley, which is the 150th year anniversary of the Football Association.
In 2011, to celebrate Wembley Stadium’s successful alliance with European football, an ‘Exhibition of Champions’ event took place. The exhibition was supported by UEFA and featured the personal items of some of the most iconic names in contemporary football, including Steven Gerrard’s captain armband of 2005 and David Beckham’s jersey from Manchester United’s sensational European Cup win in 1999.
We don’t know which teams will be featured in the UEFA Champions League Final 2013 yet, but what we do know that, in being held at Wembley Season, the 2013 final is be hosted in extremely capable hands.
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